Friday, August 26, 2016

Nobody's Perfect

Alex didn't send a mass email last week, but did on Sunday. I'm just now getting around to posting it. I had asked him if they got to see the Saporro temple dedication via satellite. This was his answer:

We went to Aomori yesterday to watch it, but for some reason (probably the typhoon coming up, but I really don't know) the footage kept going in and out. We missed basically all of the talks, and the dedicatory prayer. We did get to do the hosanna shout though! It was also really fun to hear an Apostle speak in Japanese (for what I could) again. There was also lots of flooding in Hokkaido yesterday, so that could have affected it too.

Yes, I forgot to email you all last week, and I apologize. I don't
have any excuse for it. But this week was great! So was last week.

Scripture of the week: Isaiah 49:4-5, "Then I said, I have laboured in
vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my
judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God. And now, saith the
Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob
again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious
in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength."

Kanji of the week: 招くpronounced "mah-neh-coo" and means to invite.

Monday was not very eventful because p-day was very relaxing, and the
evening was all traveling to Hirosaki for splits with the other

Elder H. and a really big cat
I found a booster seat that reminded me of back home while we were housing.

Tuesday was good, although it rained for most of the time we were
outside. We did get to have good lessons with 3 less active members.
Also in the evening, we were walking and met a man who was not
Japanese. We tried talking to him, and he stopped to talk. We asked
him when he feels happy, and he said "I don't ever feel happy, I moved
here recently from India and my family is all alone back home." Elder
L. (my companion for the day) told him how in our church we
believe family can be together forever, and he smiled! He said he
wanted to hear more about that, and so we swapped information. The
best part was, the fact that he smiled, he actually felt happy. After
a seemingly endless night of storms, he found the sun peek through in
the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Wednesday was basically all traveling and waiting for traveling, as a
typhoon came and stopped all trains going to Odate when we wanted to
be going back. English class was fun though.

Thursday we went up to Aomori and had interviews. It was fun, and I
love President Smith and his wife so much. I also got a Japanese
temple recommend, because my old one expires this month.

Friday was weekly planning, and a lot of trying to visit people who
weren't home.

Saturday was good, although we didn't get too much done, because Elder
H. had a stomach ache for a bit, and then we went out to eat with
a less active and a member. They are both wonderful people (and not
related in any way). After that we went to get something for an
activity that night, and when we left the store it was raining super
hard. It was sunny when we walked in. So, we stayed inside the
building for five minutes or so until the rain ended, and then had to
walk all the way to the church, because the ground was too wet to ride
in. English class that night was fun, because we had an investigator
come. He says he wants to learn English so that when the New Jerusalem
is built he can go and visit. He also stayed afterwards to watch the
culture night for the new Sapporo Temple.

Sunday was mostly traveling, as we had to go all the way to Aomori for
the temple dedication broadcast. Then we came back home, and were able
to talk to lots of people, and find a really nice couple.

So much happening in the last little while of my mission. It's hard to
keep it all in a short email. I hope that you all have a great week!




Monday, August 8, 2016

Good, Hot Week

Got a few photos this week and just a little longer of a letter. In his letter to me he wrote: 

The weather here is very hot and humid. It got all the way up to 39 degrees yesterday. 

Elder H. and I have a lot in common, and get along well. We both love anime, and he loves singing. He wants to go into music after the mission, just like I do.

My favorite part of this week was the entire week. It has been really good, despite the heat. We worked hard and had fun.

(I tried to get him to tell me something specific from the week by asking what his favorite part of the week was. It didn't work. Nothing ever does. By the way, 39ºC is 102ºF.)
S. Choro, an investigator and me
To Everyone:

This week was really fun, but also really hot. I am so glad that we
stayed safe and healthy.

The scripture of the week is 1 Samuel 8:7, "And the Lord said unto
Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto
thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that
I should not reign over them."

Kanji of the week is: 暑い pronounced "ah-tsu-ee" and means "hot."

Monday was good, but I had to take a bus to Sendai, so there wasn't
time for too much else. We stayed the night in the Elder's apartment
that night.

Tuesday was all traveling.

My new companion

Mabonasu the same thing as Mabodofu, but with eggplant.

Wednesday we went and tried to do finding, but no one was home. We did get to see a less active and a member though, and that was good. English class was fun too.

Thursday was all finding, and also weekly planning.

Friday we spent the morning finding, and then went in the afternoon to Hirosaki for district training meeting. Then in the evening we went to a festival called Neputa. We tried to do some finding there, but it wasn't very good for finding, as everyone was paying attention to the floats.

Saturday we did a lot of finding again, and had a good lesson with one of our investigators. The rest of the day was finding.
Sunday was the hottest day of the week, and I am glad that we stayed in for most of the heat. We did a lot of finding that day too, as much as we could, and got to see another less active. He's a really awesome guy, and super fun to talk to.

That's my week! I hope you got something out of it. I love you all!




We got some really big Pocky from an English class student. It was 3 times as big as normal ones.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Small Changes

Well, this is definitely the shortest letter Alex has sent yet and he didn't send me a personal letter like he always does. He is busy, busy. The mom of his last companion wasn't on Facebook and I never got to communicate with her. But I found out that his new companion is Elder H. and I have already met his mom at a Sendai missionary mom luncheon! So glad to be in touch with his companion's mom.
Unfortunately, no pics at all.

To everyone:
So we got transfer calls last night. I am going to stay in Odate and
will be getting a new companion. His name is Elder H., and he is a
great guy. I've been in the same zone as him before, and he came to
Japan at the same time as Elder Anderson and Elder Sato. I'm looking
forward to this next transfer, but have no time to email right now. I
will see if I get a chance to write more. Love you all!



Monday, July 25, 2016

What? 2 Tranfsers, 3 months?

I didn't post Alex's letter last week so I'll post it along with his letter from yesterday.

July 17 to Everyone:
We once again find ourselves at the time when Elder Mendoza has no
time to write back home because of a district p-day. Things are great
here. We are seeing miracles daily, and I am truly glad to be on a
mission serving my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Kanji of the week is: 歯磨き pronounced "ha-mi-ga-key" and means brushing
your teeth.

I hope you all have a fun time, and I will send emails to individuals
if I find the time. If not, know that I love you all, and that I am
praying for your well being.



I spy something that shouldn't exist in this picture. Do you see it? 

Okonomiyaki, a very Japanese food. It tastes good. 

Tonkatau (deep fried pork) with chocolate in the middle. It's actually really good.

July 25 to Everyone:
This week was really tough and tiring, but I was able to find strength
through relying on the enabling power of the Atonement of Jesus
Christ, and was able to bless other people's lives because of it.

I would like to get back into ponderizing scriptures, but since I
haven't picked one out for this week, I'll begin again next week.

Kanji of the week is: 電波 pronounced "den-pa" and means electric wave(s).

Monday was crazy, because the district all tried to climb a mountain,
and ended up climbing the wrong one! It was a good view still, but not
the one we meant to climb. We got a picture with the one we meant to
climb behind us, so I'll include that in the bottom.

Tuesday was splits, and we did a lot of walking around, because we all
four did splits in Odate, but only two bikes to work with. We got some
good conversations in, and even found a really nice family!

Wednesday we did our usual routine of going to a less active's house,
followed by an investigator's house where we had a really good lesson,
and then went to Brother Hasebe's house for family home evening with
him. Then we had English class, where we talked about the body. It was
great, because there is a guy who comes who is a surgeon and is good
at English, so we were able to get into some deep talk about the body.
Elder Sato didn't seem to like it too much though.

Thursday was mostly planning, and a lesson at night with a member's
grandson. Not much but that.

Friday was Zone Conference, and it was great as always! We were able
to learn a lot, and my companion was so great by translating for 7
hours almost straight! And he still had a voice the next day!

Saturday was a normal day. That being said, I don't remember too much
about it. We had fun, and were able to have some interesting
conversations with people. At night, no one came to English class,
despite hoping that some of them would just be late.

Sunday was a good day filled with finding and an awesome lesson with
an investigator. He has a lot of knowledge of the church, and the
doctrine, but he's starting to piece it all together to make sense of
it, and he's seeing the need to become a member through baptism for
the remission of sins. He's so close, and I hope that he can start
coming to church on Sunday's.

That's my week, and what a long time it's been since I've written this
much!  I hope you all have a great week! I love you all and pray that
you will be safe.



This place has two doors! I wonder if that means this place gets a lot of snow.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Utah Local: Hair by Angela Hess

My cousin Angela used to live in Southern California and worked as a hair stylist. She was in such high demand that people had to make appointments months in advance. She has done hair for photo shoots and runways and all kinds of cool stuff that I can't imagine being a part of. She has 16 years of experience and has kept up with education. She has brought all that awesome knowledge and skill to Utah where she is cutting, coloring, styling and beautifying.

Like her Facebook page for updates and upcoming giveaways.

Elisa wanted to totally change her hair so we drove to her salon and now Elisa's hair is a pastel pink and she really likes it. It's quite a process to go from brown to pink and it was fun to have the time to talk to my cousin. She's quite a bit younger than I am and we grew up across the country from each other so I liked getting to know her better.

Call today and schedule an appointment. 801 455-8755 Sorry no walk-ins. She just barely started here in Utah and is already filling up her schedule. 
Some more of Angela's work

Her salon is in North Salt Lake City -- 445 N. 700 W.
From the south, take I-15 to exit 312. Merge onto US-89 N/Beck St.
Take a left on Main Street (It's not a complete left turn. It's more like a slight left onto Main Street, but it's easy to miss. I think it's the first street on the left side.)
Turn left onto Center St. at the stop sign.
Continue down Center St. It's an industrial area. You're in the right place. Don't worry.
Turn right onto 700 W (before the street light at Redwood Road) where there is this sign for a restaurant.

Keep doing down 700 W until you see a long building on the left with a sign for Groove Academy.
The door to her salon is right below that sign.